Thursday, 31 July 2014

AN UPDATE...

Hello guys!

If you follow me on twitter, you might already know what's going on with me but I feel like I need to keep you guys informed with why my posting and videos have and will probably be quite sporadic.

As you've probably noticed, I've not posted for almost two weeks which is very unlike me. Even at my most busiest, I still try to get at least 1-2 posts up each week. I've been at home for the past month and undergoing tests on my abdomen due to having severe pains. I managed to have a fair few posts scheduled but once those ran out I've been struggling to be motivated to post.

Due to my health issues, I've not had a great deal of energy and I've found myself sleeping for the majority of the time and watching box sets. I'd love to say I've enjoyed myself but to be honest I miss having lots of energy and dare I say it, I miss working out. I started the year with good intentions, promising myself I'd lose weight and feel comfortable in my own skin. Sadly, this hasn't happened as well as I'd hoped and I feel as if I've let myself down. 

This is where it gets a little TMI...

In April I went onto a different pill having been off it for nearly 3 years (hormones do not agree with me!) and everything seemed fine for the first month or so until I began having horrendous bleeds for pro-longed periods of time with only a few days respite. Numerous visits to the doctors later and they decided to put me on the Implant and booked me in for an appointment in August. Shortly after this appointment was made the bleeding got worse, as did the pain, to the point where I had a bit of a breakdown at work and was sent to the local NHS Drop-In Centre, they provided me with period appropriate painkillers and I booked in with my doctor right away the next day. During my Dr's appointment, we agreed to end my pill as it seemingly had been doing more harm than good and I was booked in for swabs later that week. In the meantime, I'd googled everything under the sun and I was convinced I had a mummified baby inside me. Note to self - do not google symptoms, it's never good for your mental state.

For any ladies who've had a smear test, you'll know how this goes - when I had mine back in December, it was a tad uncomfortable (probably more embarrassment than anything else) and it was over within seconds. This time, the pain was excruciating, to the point where I was sobbing in the doctors. Thankfully, on the plus side, I definitely didn't have a mummified baby inside me as the tests showed I wasn't pregnant. I was advised that I'd been referred for an ultrasound as the pain had not subsided. Eventually, the bleeding stopped once I'd ceased taking my pill for a few days but then I kept getting this horrendous wave of pain that I like to imagine as "labour pains" to my front and back and ended up going to A&E and they bumped me up to codeine and said they didn't think I was in dire need for further medical attention and sent me on my way. My test results had come back negative and the codeine was reducing the pain but felt more like it was masking it. The Dr believed it was some kind of inflammation caused by my pill. 

This week, I've gone back to the doctors as the pain is still there and favours my right hand side - so they've referred me to the gynaecologist at my local hospital and thankfully I've got an appointment next week to see what's happening. 

Work have been really good with the situation, I've currently been on sick for a month now and they have been really supportive and have told me to not worry about returning until I'm back to full health. The Dr doesn't believe the issue is something too worrisome at this time but it's hard to understand my body at the moment, having never gone through issues like this before. 

Hopefully I'll be on the mend and back on track soon, I hope you guys understand that I haven't got a great deal of energy at the moment and I'm not in the best head state either. 

For all of you who've been concerned about me, thank you so much for your kind words and support. 


Love, Katie xo
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

YSL VOLPUTE SHEER CANDY IN 09 COOL GUAVA

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The first time I picked up a YSL Lipstick was 2 years ago when I was in Duty Free, I picked up the Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre Liptick in 108 Ocre Rose which I used so much and loved the formula. I've dabbled in the YSL Glossy Stains but left a new lipstick was on the cards. I spent a good 15 minutes swatching the lipsticks in Debenhams the other week and settled on theeee most gorgeous Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick in the shade 09 Cool Guava

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I am 100% besotted with this shade, it's the perfect sheer lipstick whilst keeping a little vibrancy. It's the perfect summery pop of pink that's super glossy and sheeny on the lips. Did I mention it tastes incredible!? Also, can we please take a moment for the gorgeousness that is the YSL packaging? 

I don't think this will be leaving my lips for the foreseeable future. I'm definitely going to look to pick up some other shades - any recommendations?

Have you tried any YSL lip products?

Love, Katie xo
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

MAKE UP REVOLUTION - SALVATION PALETTE

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As you'll have seen in yesterday's post, I featured a palette from up and coming drugstore brand, Make Up Revolution. Today I'm featuring another palette, this time it's all about the eyeshadows!

The Salvation Palette in What You Waiting For?* features 18 shades - 12 shimmers and 6 matte. I love the mix of shimmer and matte! As with the Blush & Contour Palette, the shades are highly pigmented especially the shimmer's which are beautiful. There is little fall down with these which is half the battle with eyeshadows. Whilst they're not as buttery as more expensive brands they still work extremely well. 

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(L-R: We Love You, Tick Tock, Can't Find The Brake, Moving Car, Do It Alone, Sex Chromosome.
Now Its Only Me, Scary Conversation, Take A Chance, Shut My Eyes, Stupid H.., Life Is Short.
Your Capabl, Super Hot Female, Millon Dollar Contract, Hot Track, Brand New Fans, Wicked Style)

What I find really cool is that all the shades are named after parts of the Gwen Stefani What You Waiting For? lyrics. Pretty cool huh?

For my eyes I used We Love You in the inner corner as a highlight along with Scary Conversation/Take A Chance on my lids followed by Do It Alone and a smidge of Sex Chromosome on my outer 'V' and finished with a little Brand New Fans in the crease.

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So there you go, a golden-taupey smokey eye in no time at all using this lovely palette.

There are 5 different Salvation palettes to pick up for a Limited time only sadly but I'd definitely recommend picking one up especially as they're only £6.00! The packaging is very sturdy and comes with a huge mirror which is refreshing as most palette's come either without a mirror or with a small one that you can hardly see into.

If you didn't already know, Superdrug are stocking Make Up Revolution online and they'll be coming to stores soon!

Love, Kate xo
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

MAKE UP REVOLUTION : BLUSH & CONTOUR PALETTE

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Make Up Revolution is a brand that's been taking the blogosphere by storm in recent months with their affordable range of products. 

Today I'm reviewing the Ultra Blush & Contour Palette in Sugar and Spice* which contains 8 highly pigmented powders - 2 contour, 5 blush and 1 highlight. 

Firstly, the packaging is sleek and comes with a huge mirror inside so it's super handy if you're on the go. It's also very sturdy which is perfect for the clumsy gal such as myself. 

The shades are all absolutely beautiful and vivid with serious pigmentation so I'd recommend starting with a little product and building up the colour. I definitely didn't do that, hence the vibrant cheeks! There's a blush shade for all skin tones in the palette which is what I really like about it. The contour shades are slightly too warm toned for my skin tone but there's a lighter and darker option depending on your colouring. 

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These shades are all matte and blend beautifully into the skin. They're very long lasting too which is brilliant considering the price point of the palette (£6). The two shimmery shades, one of which is a highlighter, are equally as lovely as their matte counterparts. The highlight shade is unlike any other highlighter I've used, it's very pale and blue toned without a hint of champagne at all. I thought it might be a little unflattering on me but I applied a small amount and it added a lovely radiance to my skin which was a lovely contrast to the matte cheeks. 

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I'm really impressed by the quality of this palette and there's a shade for every occasion and skin tone.  I'd expected there to be a 'dud' shade but I like all the shades in there. It's also not often that you find blusher palettes in the drugstore, I think the only ones that come to mind are from Sleek. 

I shall be back tomorrow with another Make Up Revolution post - which will be an eyeshadow palette which as you can guess, are featured in this post. 

I'm happy to say that Make Up Revolution is coming to a Superdrug near you shortly but for now the brand is available online!

Love, Kate xo
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